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Old 01-08-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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Talking Scotch Drinkers Thread

I wanted to create this using the **Official** Cigar thread as an example. There are a bunch of scotch threads, but I wanted to see if I could consolidate knowledge.

I started drinking the stuff this past summer, and haven't looked back. For some reason, it appeals to me not only because it's tasty, but also because I'm a pack rat, and the variety and rarity of many single malt scotches makes me want to buy a bottle of each.

I'm down to three bottles at the moment:

The Balvenie Single Barrel 15
The Glenlivet 12
Lagavulin 16

I've polished off the following:
The Balvenie DoubleWood 12
Macallan 12

I've also tried Oban 14 and Laphroaig 10.

What do you have at the moment, what's your all time favorite, and what bottle would you lose a toe to try out? Also, where do you buy your scotch, and if you have good online resources, please share! Here in NJ, the stuff's costly. The Lagavulin set me back $100.

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Old 01-08-2007, 04:38 PM   #2
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Very well right.

edit:tbert does not scotch or bourbon.

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Old 01-08-2007, 04:42 PM   #3
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I'm in. Where my free scotch?

I have currently

The Glenlivet 12

I've had

Glenlivet 12, and 15
Glenfiddich 12, 15
Macallan 12, 18
Glemorangie 12
Laphroaig 10 (puke)


Macallan 18 is quite a tasty treat
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Old 01-08-2007, 04:43 PM   #4
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It's official.....I F'n love scotch!

Cole's bar currently includes Oban 14, Macallan 12, Balvene 10, and a bottle of Johnnie Black for good measure.

Reccommendations: try the Macallan 10-12YO (?) "cask strength."
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Old 01-08-2007, 04:46 PM   #5
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Strider, you like the Doublewood? It's a bit hot for my taste.
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Old 01-08-2007, 04:48 PM   #6
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The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 was spicier in my opinion. The DoubleWood was my first ever scotch, actually. I did think the Macallan 12 was much smoother, but it's still good.
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If you can find Oban...buy it. It is getting hard to find again

Right now I have :

Balvenie SB 15 - almost gone
McCallan 12
Cragganmore 14 (I think it is a 14 ???)
Glennfiddich

I need more choices, but the wife never understands why I need more then one bottle of Scotch at a time.


I<3 this thread...
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:03 PM   #8
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The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 was spicier in my opinion. The DoubleWood was my first ever scotch, actually. I did think the Macallan 12 was much smoother, but it's still good.

The Balvenie SB 15 is # 2 on my list right now of favorites. I loved the complexity of the taste and the spice was just enough. A great bottle to enjoy during the Holidays. Just don't bring it to your parents Holiday party and tell their friends they can try some ( I was just being polite people, I did not mean for you to drink all my Scotch !!! )
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:07 PM   #9
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I was never a big fan of scotch, but my father always has been. He offers me some when ever I visit and in the past I've never be able to finish it. So I got myself a bottle of Laphroaig and I've been forcing myself to drink a wee dram every weekend. The bottle is almost gone, and I'm enjoying it more and more. I think I've developed a taste for it.
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:09 PM   #10
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I was never a big fan of scotch, but my father always has been. He offers me some when ever I visit and in teh past I've never be able to finish it. So I got myself a bottle of Laphroaig and I've been forcing myself to drink a wee dram every weekend. The bottle is almost gone, and I'm enjoying it more and more. I think I've developed a taste for it.

It is definitely an acquired taste. People crack on me all the time for being able to drink Scotch straight. But I know people who drink Vodka/Gin like that and I cannot go anywhere near either of those. If you enjoy Scotch, you might enjoy Tequila as a sipping drink as well. I know a lot of people who find Tequila to be a little sweeter and a little easier to drink. But keep up with it and soon you will be like the rest of us and you will want to try all the different types and brands of Scotch out there...
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:12 PM   #11
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i currently have a bottle of Speyburn 10yr (Highland)

it's the best low-budget single-malt scotch on the planet IMO!

i can't afford a $50+ bottle all the time; Speyburn is awesome and costs under $30 for a 750ml
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:14 PM   #12
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Just polished a bottle of Dalmore 12, which I liked a lot.

I'm now working on a bottle of Speyburn 10, which is nice, but not as flavorful as the Dalmore.

I wish I could afford to stock Macallan more often.
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:18 PM   #13
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I saw them making scotch on the history channel. They said its the drink of the angles or something like that. I was going to get some and now cuz of this thread I will most likely go today.
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:19 PM   #14
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They said its the drink of the angles or something like that.
Acute, obtuse, or both?
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:21 PM   #15
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i love lagavulin 16, goes down so good.

also got a bottle of lagavulin 12 cask strength, holy crap what a firecracker of a scotch. Sip with caution!

Gonna have to go pick up another bottle of 16 tonight.
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It is definitely an acquired taste. People crack on me all the time for being able to drink Scotch straight. But I know people who drink Vodka/Gin like that and I cannot go anywhere near either of those. If you enjoy Scotch, you might enjoy Tequila as a sipping drink as well. I know a lot of people who find Tequila to be a little sweeter and a little easier to drink. But keep up with it and soon you will be like the rest of us and you will want to try all the different types and brands of Scotch out there...
i can drink anything straight up, but i gag when i try that with tequila... im definetely more of a dark liquor person than a clear one. hence im more into whiskey/scotch/dark rum.

anyway, ive been liking scotch a lot more lately. the only thing is, anything decent seems to cost quite a bit. plus i have no idea wut im buying. are there any brands you would suggest? nothing too expensive tho, i just want to see if its my thing or not... otherwise ill just stick to the regular scotch/whiskey you get at the market =P
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:26 PM   #18
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i can drink anything straight up, but i gag when i try that with tequila... im definetely more of a dark liquor person than a clear one. hence im more into whiskey/scotch/dark rum.

anyway, ive been liking scotch a lot more lately. the only thing is, anything decent seems to cost quite a bit. plus i have no idea wut im buying. are there any brands you would suggest? nothing too expensive tho, i just want to see if its my thing or not... otherwise ill just stick to the regular scotch/whiskey you get at the market =P
If i had to suggest one brand, and i have tried most of them, which i quickly forget all about if that tells you anything, its try Lagavlin 16. Yes its expensive, but if you are a scotch drinker, and you have the pallet for this kind of alcohol, you will be very impressed.

Once you get hooked on it, and go back to other brands, most dont seem to really cut it any more.

My ideal night is sitting by a fire, smoking a nice oily maduro cigar, and drinking a few fingers of Lagavulin, neat.

Lagavulin is going to be one of the top priced non "special eddition" scotches, but its worth it, almost always sold out in town due to its popularity (i should of stockpiled before i got my friends in to it )
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If i had to suggest one brand, and i have tried most of them, which i quickly forget all about if that tells you anything, its try Lagavlin 16. Yes its expensive, but if you are a scotch drinker, and you have the pallet for this kind of alcohol, you will be very impressed.

Once you get hooked on it, and go back to other brands, most dont seem to really cut it any more.

My ideal night is sitting by a fire, smoking a nice oily maduro cigar, and drinking a few fingers of Lagavulin, neat.

Lagavulin is going to be one of the top priced non "special eddition" scotches, but its worth it, almost always sold out in town due to its popularity (i should of stockpiled before i got my friends in to it )

Oban 14 is like this for me. The # 1 on my list, and it is never in stock
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I like flavorful Islay malts.

Laphroaig and Lagavulin all the way. Laphroaig 10yo is my staple, my 15yo bottle is for special occasions.
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If i had to suggest one brand, and i have tried most of them, which i quickly forget all about if that tells you anything, its try Lagavlin 16. Yes its expensive, but if you are a scotch drinker, and you have the pallet for this kind of alcohol, you will be very impressed.

Once you get hooked on it, and go back to other brands, most dont seem to really cut it any more.

My ideal night is sitting by a fire, smoking a nice oily maduro cigar, and drinking a few fingers of Lagavulin, neat.

Lagavulin is going to be one of the top priced non "special eddition" scotches, but its worth it, almost always sold out in town due to its popularity (i should of stockpiled before i got my friends in to it )
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my understanding is that when it comes to scotch, a cheap bottle just wont cut it. its gotta be aged well or else its just not worth drinking correct? at that point, might as well settle for some bourbon
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my understanding is that when it comes to scotch, a cheap bottle just wont cut it. its gotta be aged well or else its just not worth drinking correct? at that point, might as well settle for some bourbon
You can find quite a few decent single-malts in the $20-$30 for a fifth range....but you definitely notice the step up to more expensive stuff.
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my understanding is that when it comes to scotch, a cheap bottle just wont cut it. its gotta be aged well or else its just not worth drinking correct? at that point, might as well settle for some bourbon
One does not "settle" for bourbon. Bourbon and scotch are two different things.
I have easy access to 90% of the high end scotches available (except Oban which is the only one I really want to drink other than Macallan) and most of the bourbons and most of the time I go for the bourbon. My favorite bourbon costs nearly as much as a bottle of Mac 18.

Now, keep in mind, I was an absolute scotch whore about 8 years ago and went through a bottle of Mac 18 or 12 a week.
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Did all you scotch drinkers love it right away... or did it take a while before it stopped tasting like pure poison? I mean i will drink anything while i'm out, but did it take effort to create a taste for different scotches? Many of my buddies are loving their "scotchy scotch", and will sit and sip it for hours...but i dont understand it yet.

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The first time I tried scotch, I wondered why my roommate liked drinking something that tasted like old shoes. Now I love it.

They say beer is an acquired taste. Scotch is even more so.
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